I've been here for long enough for it to be added to my daily internet scouring routine, so I should do one of these here dang fangled bio things. I'm from the sunny port of Whitby in the NE of the UK where I spend all day being harassed by 2 kitties who arrive the minute the soldering iron appears on the bench. I obtained my first breadbin back in '82 and proceeded to blow parts left, right and centre with my desire to open things and stick wires in where they don't belong. That's continued throughout "adulthood" (Still a kid trapped in a grown up body really).
I'm a software/hardware engineer who solves problems when no one else can, unlike the A-Team I don't get a cool van though. I collect one of everything, sealed and put away never to be touched, however my favourite bits of kit get a 2nd or 3rd, one to play on and one to convert into horrific monstrosities a lá Frankenstein with chips and wires jammed in against the laws of the universe to do things they're not supposed to do.
Part of my Yorkshireness is the need to do things cheap, which often works out more expensive, but much joy is received along the way and the end results are often satisfying (Pi1541 inside a working 1541 conjoined as a drive 9, for example)
I've spent many years travelling the world solving problems, which has often allowed me to fill up more shelves with interesting computers, for as such time as the world needs them.
The c64 is still my most beloved computer and still bring me daily happiness messing around with their hardware, and I look forward to posting more filthy Commodore hardware hacking in the forums.
Why spend money on something new when you can spend 3x the amount making something to do the same job?
I always enjoy hearing (or in this case, reading) these type of stories about other Commodore enthusiasts, like yourself. I liked to tinker with electronics, too. But I was always afraid to do too much, as we could never afford to have a back-up of anything when I was a kid. So, the one my parents bought was the ONLY one I had, and I didn't want to break anything. That feeling has stuck with me and today, I'll only open something up if I have to (in order to try and fix it). I just don't trust my abilities to put the darn thing back the way it was! LOL!
So, I admire someone like yourself, who has the skills to troubleshoot electronics like that.
Welcome to the group!
Last Edit: Jun 8, 2021 13:12:24 GMT by virtualsky: added more info.
It's not retro to me, it's just how I live. Visit my Commodore blog at: www.my64.in.nf